Living in Colombia, South America. A great choice for digital workers

Written by Trevor H. on August 24, 2021

Updated on December 28, 2022

A remote worker in Colombia next to nice houses

I remember being 37, living in Toronto. I was your typical Canadian, waking up super early, driving in traffic to get to work. I was living the rat race. I was single with no kids at the time, and most of all, I was bored. Something in my life needed to be changed, and I knew exactly what is was, everything.

Frequently watching YouTube, I enjoyed watching people visiting other countries, and living there. Whether they were there short term or long term, I didn’t know nor care. All I knew was that these people were living the life, and I wanted in! They spent time in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, and the country I ended up living in, Colombia.

I wanted to remain a digital worker, but I wanted to escape the hectic pace of life that people endure in the North America. So why Colombia?

Well first off, when I first came to Colombia, it was not to live. It was to check it out, test it. My first stop was Medellin and I remember getting off the plane and taking the bus to the city. I have never seen a landscape so stunning. The mountains, houses, chicas. It was vivid and life was getting interesting.

I began my stay at a shared house in Laureles, Medellin. After some research, I concluded it would be the best place for me. Apparently most foreigners prefer El Poblado, but I am not like most foreigners. I am Trevor H, the gringo from Canada, and I wanted to have more of a local experience. Plus hearing about foreigners getting drugged and robbed in Poblado wasn’t exactly a secret.

My number 1 priority upon arrival was to start working, and to continue making dinero baby. I was changing my career over from digital marketing to ESL online teaching. Soon after arriving into the country, I began making friends. While having the urge to party and have some Aguardiente, it was not time to party just yet. I was focused on earning.

To my benefit, living in Medellin was and is great for digital workers. The internet was adequate, the power never seemed to go out. I could get stuff done. I worked non-stop for 10 hours a day, and in the evening I would go for a walk to explore the city.

After a few months in Colombia, I realised that most of the country is perhaps an adequate place for digital workers, and that the country will give you a chance to be successful. That is all I wanted, efficient resources.

Life is good. I am happy I made the choice to come to Colombia. The weather, the food, the nice people. The street sellers who yell and wake me up every morning to buy a damn aguacate. Here are a few pictures of my time in the country.

Update – December 28, 2022 – Well, it has been over a year since I wrote this blog. I now have a wife and 2 kids. Life is good in Ibague, Tolima, Colombia. Thanks for reading, amigos! Check out some pictures before you go.

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Before I had a wife and kids in Colombia, life was easy in Medellin….

Now I need to pay for diapers, but life is better…